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Candidates announce bid for SG president

Baptiste “Bat” Brunner IV and Madeleine Davis

Instead of giving an official speech, Brunner spent Monday afternoon in Free Speech Plaza introducing himself and running mate Davis to passing students. Davis said they chose the ticket’s name, “Renew LSU,” because they want “to restore, to replenish and to revive” the University.

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Though neither has been involved in Student Government in the past, Brunner was the chief justice and vice president of the LSU Interfraternity Council, and Davis was the assistant recruitment chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. The Renew LSU ticket include goals to provide scantrons to every college on campus, add wait lists for registering for multiple sections of the same class, relocate emergency call boxes and repave concrete sidewalks.

Two-and-a-half years after meeting at S.T.R.I.P.E.S. before attending their first classes at the University, Cox and his running mate Hebert are running as the “BE HEARD” ticket. “Together we will ensure that students will be heard,” Hebert said. Cox highlighted the role SG could play to

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Landon Hester and Kristina Lagasse Hester and Lagasse are promising to use the Baton Rouge community’s support to improve campus. “We are all members of the same university,” Lagasse said. The YOUR LSU ticket focuses on student input, according to Hester.

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bridge students and faculty. “LSU SG needs to advocate student voices to faculty,” he said. Cox is SG’s assistant director of student outreach. Hebert has never been involved in SG. Some initiatives of the “BE HEARD” ticket include creating grade notifications on Moodle, creating a 24-hour dining location during finals week and establishing “Early Bird” fan activities for students at athletic events.

“[We] hope to establish working relationships between organizations and establish a public relations department for SG,” she said. Hester is SG’s deputy chief of staff, and Lagasse is the vice president of the University Center for Freshman Year College Council. Some of the YOUR LSU ticket’s initiatives include creating parking passes with campus maps, instituting athletic pep rallies and reworking the priority point system.

Joshua Hollins and Joseph Hollins Twin brothers Joshua and Joseph Hollins are promising to be “Relevant, Experienced, Accessible Leadership” if their “R.E.A.L. Campaign” ticket wins the SG election. “We plan to really be out on campus,” Joshua said. “We believe in out-of-office hours.” The brothers said their ticket also

offers diversity. “This isn’t a Greek ticket. This isn’t a black ticket,” Joshua said. Joshua is SG’s director of external affairs, while Joseph is not currently involved in SG. He previously served on the Student Activities Board. Some of the R.E.A.L. Campaign’s initiatives include offering legal service to students, providing shuttles to outer commuter lots and creating a 24-hour computer lab and study center.



Steam lines near Acadian Hall undergo repairs to fix leaks

Kevin Thibodeaux Contributing Writer

Things will soon get a little less foggy for students around campus. Facility Services, along with the state’s Office of Facility Planning and Control, is working on the steam lines that run near Acadian Hall and the area surrounding the 459 Commons. Funding for the more than $1 million project came from a federal grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that the University received in 2011, according to Jim Mayne, associate director of utility services for Facility Services. Tammy Millican, manager of communication and grants for

Facility Services, said in an e-mail that the federal government awarded $4.17 million for eight energy-saving projects across campus, including Acadian Hall. Mayne said the insulation in the pipes has deteriorated over the years, which causes the steam to leak. In addition to the leaks, Mayne said many of the pipes are insulated with asbestos. The majority of the eight ARRA projects have been completed or “substantially completed,” according to Michael Guillory, director of facility systems with Facility Services. Guillory said some of the eight ARRA projects have included replacing interior and exterior lights around campus that are more energy

efficient and improving the University Powerhouse’s boiler feedwater system. Originally budgeted to cost about $3 million, Mayne estimated that the eight projects have totaled about $2.5 million. Mayne said the leak along the steam lines currently costs the University about $150,000 per year. He said the University pays to produce the steam and the money is lost along with the billowing steam. “If you think of steam like a utility — gas, water — it’s got to be produced,” Guillory said.


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Workers examine the construction to fix safety and energy issues caused by steam leaking from pipes near Acadian Hall. The repairs are nearly complete.

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Riot police break up anti-Putin election protest in Moscow

New Mexico boy’s body pulled from hole two days after disappearance

Landrieu says she’s ‘definitely’ in for 2014 race despite speculation

MOSCOW (AP) — An attempt by Vladimir Putin’s foes to protest his presidential election victory by occupying a Moscow square ended Monday with riot police quickly dispersing and detaining hundreds of demonstrators — a stark reminder of the challenges faced by Russia’s opposition. The harsh crackdown could fuel opposition anger and bring even bigger protests of Putin’s 12 years in power and election to another six, but it also underlined the authorities’ readiness to use force to crush such demonstrations.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Crews pulled the body of a 4-year-old boy from a narrow, 30-foot-deep hole in Carlsbad early Monday, nearly two days after he disappeared while playing outside his home, state and local authorities said. Crews reached the boy around 7 a.m. on Monday, and police spokesman Robert McDonald confirmed the body was Samuel Jones. He lived in the house next door with his parents and two older siblings, said Carlsbad police spokeswoman Lt. Jennifer Moyers.

(AP) — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says she “definitely” plans to run for a fourth term in two years. The Democrat from New Orleans tossed aside speculation that she was going to end her congressional career after 18 years in the Senate. Landrieu wouldn’t comment specifically Monday on whether she expects Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge to challenge her. “I do not know who my opponent will be. I’m sure I’ll have one, and I’ll be ready for whoever it is and plan to win,” she said. Fugitive mom arrested trying to cross Canada border with daugher

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Supporters of Russian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin celebrate his victory Monday night at the central Manezhanaya Square.

Israeli leaders praise Obama’s speech to stand against nuclear Iran

Prince Harry visits Jamaica’s capital for Queen’s Jubilee tour

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials on Monday welcomed President Barack Obama’s declaration that he stands by the Jewish state against a nuclear Iran — but as a result, Israel may have an even tougher time launching a strike on Iran in defiance of U.S. requests to hold off. The issue was expected to be the focus of a meeting later Monday at the White House between Obama and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Prince Harry arrived in Jamaica’s capital Monday for a four-day visit amid a push by the country’s new prime minister to sever ties with the British monarchy and turn the page on its colonial past. The 27-year-old prince arrived by private jet to Kingston’s international airport, receiving a 21-gun salute from members of the Jamaica Defense Force. He inspected a military honor guard before being introduced to lawmakers and diplomats.



Navy to begin giving Breathalyzer tests to sailors for new program NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy soon will begin giving Breathalyzer tests to many of its sailors before they report to work aboard a ship under a new program that will spread to the Marine Corps later this year. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the plan Monday during a rare “all hands” call from aboard the USS Bataan at Naval Station Norfolk. Mabus’ comments were broadcast to sailors and Marines worldwide, who were able to submit questions to him via e-mail.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Louisiana woman accused of kidnapping her 7-year-old daughter has been arrested trying to cross into Canada with the girl after a month of fleeing authorities. Laney Smith, 29, was arrested early Sunday at Montana’s Port of Sweet Grass near the Canadian border on a St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office warrant on kidnapping charges, authorities said. Smith fled with the girl on Feb. 5 after a judge awarded the girl’s father full custody.



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Carman plans to prioritize increasing student excellence Brian Sibille Staff Writer

The sole in-house candidate for the position of provost and executive vice chancellor made the case Monday for why he should take the job. LSU College of Science Dean Kevin Carman asserted the necesCarman sity of the University’s current initiatives for growth and improvement and echoed the need for enhanced student and faculty excellence at the second provost and executive vice chancellor forum. “I’m not saying anything surprising or profound,” Carman said. Like fellow candidate Bobby

Schnabel from Indiana University, Carman highlighted a number of thriving University programs that he said should continue to expand. Carman affirmed the LSU Vision and Mission under Flagship 2020, highlighting the importance of research, student and faculty excellence and arts emphasis. He spoke extensively on research, echoing the importance of Louisiana’s regional strengths like energy and coastal studies, which Schnabel also focused on. He said programs like the Center for Computation and Technology that are already thriving should be maintained, and organizations like LSU Press that have struggled in the past need a boost back to prominence. Relationships with partners like the Pennington Biomedical Research

Center and the Health Sciences Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport need further development, Carman said, and working with Tulane University, Louisiana Tech University and other institutions should be encouraged. Carman said increasing student excellence is a top priority for the future. “We have high-caliber students, but they’re not as successful as they should be,” he said. Although Communication across the Curriculum, the Honors College and other student-focused programs should be promoted, Carman places significant focus on enhancing the student experience in research and helping students become more worldly. Carman frequently mentioned his confidence in University “boot

camps,” or programs for incoming freshmen prior to their first semester. He said students who participated in these programs under the College of Science have had more success throughout college. Like Schnabel, Carman prioritized diversity at the University. Diversity goes past race, gender or background, he said, and the University needs to attract individuals willing to adapt to Louisiana culture while maintaining their outside experiences. Carman also prioritized better faculty morale, citing a three-year pay raise drought as a significant problem. He said as provost he would focus on attracting not only prestigious faculty but also their families. Faculty in the College of Science and other disciplines include spouses who

both work in higher education, a willingness to foster a family which necessitates mindset across campus. He recognized the challenge of building student and faculty success despite dwindling state funding, which he said will probably continue. Finding ways to continue excellence without spending more money or without extra funding will be vital, he said. “LSU is a different university than it has been in the past because of a lack of funding,” Carman said, suggesting the University needs to adapt its “business model” for continued excellence and prominence. The remaining provost forums will be held March 7 and 9 at 2 p.m. in 143 Coates Hall. Contact Brian Sibille at


Super Tuesday primary polls open today in 10 states

Kate Mabry Staff Writer

Ready, set, vote. Polls open in 10 states today for Super Tuesday primaries, the biggest single-day contest yet in the 2012 presidential race. Today’s primaries include Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. Prior to the inclusion of today’s delegates, 173 delegates have expressed support for Mitt Romney, 87 for Rick Santorum, 33 for Newt Gingrich and 20 for Ron Paul. While Super Tuesday may shift the momentum of many candidates’ campaigns, political science professor Belinda Davis said she doubts any candidates will drop from the race following Super Tuesday’s results. Davis also said Romney is still on top, and if he wins the majority of states today, he will likely become the official Republican nominee. “But there are still more delegates up for grabs,” she said. The candidates are all turning their eyes to Ohio, a

Gingrich Paul major Super Tuesday state, Davis said. “Santorum was ahead in Ohio, but Romney is closing in on the polls,” she said. “Ohio is also a swing state in the presidential election. If Santorum wins Ohio, it makes it clear he’s still a contender in the race.” Romney dominated the Feb. 28 Arizona primary with 47 percent of the vote, while Santorum trailed in second with 27 percent. But Michigan’s contest proved to be a struggle as both candidates fought tooth and nail for the state. Romney won with 41 percent of the vote, while Santorum collected about 38 percent. Romney also won on Thursday in Wyoming’s nonbinding caucus with 39 percent. Because the caucus was nonbinding, Davis said Wyoming delegates aren’t required to

Romney Santorum support Romney. “The odds are in favor of him, but legally, they are not bound by law to do so,” she said. On Saturday, Romney raked in 38 percent during the Washington caucus, but Santorum fell to third place behind Paul, who has substantial backing in the state. Despite Romney’s recent success, Davis said she doesn’t think Romney’s victories will overshadow Santorum’s past wins in Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. “The closeness of the vote in Michigan highlights the Republican constituents’ dissatisfaction with Romney,” she said. While Gingrich has failed to gain another win since South Carolina, Davis predicted he will win his home state, Georgia. Psychology junior Jeffrey

Wells said he’s an Independent who will likely vote for Barack Obama in the fall and would like to see Paul pull ahead today. “Ron Paul’s the least repulsive,” he said. “I can tolerate him the most of all the candidates.” But Wells said he hopes Santorum will lose momentum in the race after today’s primaries. “I really dislike Santorum

and all his views,” he said. “He wants to nullify gay marriage and run on a platform based on the Bible and his beliefs rather than the Constitution. All that completely turned me off to him.”

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Student company recognized by national magazine Brian Sibille Staff Writer

Big Fish Presentations, a company entirely comprised of University students, was named one of the top start-ups in the nation by the business magazine Inc. on Sunday. The magazine released a list of the 18 “Coolest College Start-ups,” which included young entrepreneurs across the country, from skateboard makers to designers of sweat-proof business shirts. “The 2012 class of our annual America’s Coolest College Start-ups are fresh, innovative, founded with a social mission and may very well be the next Google or Facebook,” Inc.’s website says. Big Fish Presentations was recognized for its success in helping companies spruce up business presentations by offering a variety of multimedia services. The company is run by seven

full-time University students who work both independently and as a team to finish projects while making it to class. CEO and founder Kenny Nguyen said being featured in the magazine has been one of his dreams. “Getting in Inc. is extremely high recognition,” said Nguyen, a marketing junior,. With past clients like Raising Cane’s and Blue Cross Blue Shield, Big Fish has climbed the ladder of success since its inception a year ago. Big Fish’s most recent catch is the Civic Group, which represents media outlets HBO and the History Channel, in addition to the South by Southwest company. Nguyen said the projection for the company’s first-year revenue is somewhere between $75,000 to $100,000. The projection for 2012 revenue ranges from $150,000 to $175,000, according to Inc. Nguyen said he thinks the company can make $200,000.

Luke Jones, mass communication junior, manages public relations for the company and took the initiative to enter Big Fish into the contest for Inc.’s recognition. Jones said Big Fish went through several rounds before being selected to the top 18. Inc. will pick one winner after a public vote on its website. “Our success really depends on LSU,” he said. Nguyen said he wants the University community to know more about the company so students can see how far young people can go in the business world. “There’s talent at LSU. You just have to get started,” he said. Voting is currently open on Inc.’s website, and Big Fish is in fourth place as of Monday.

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Graphic design junior Sam Claitor (left) and Big Fish CEO and marketing junior Kenny Nguyen (right) discuss balancing school and work Jan. 24 in the start-up’s office.


BRAC calls for résumés, hopes to bring professionals to BR Emily Herrington Staff Writer

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is working to bring skilled professionals to join the capital city’s workforce. BRAC issued a call for résumés last week to attract talented out-ofstate workers to Baton Rouge. The résumé collection is part of the organization’s talent development program, which works to bring alumni from the University and other surrounding schools back to Baton Rouge, BRAC President CEO Adam Knapp said at a business seminar. Knapp said the résumés will be compiled into a talent database so

local companies can be matched with out-of-state working professionals. Mike Odom, BRAC’s senior vice president of marketing, said the talent database is about a week into its launch and already contains a few hundred résumés. Thus far, social media has been the only form of advertisement, Odom said. Currently, résumés in the database are only accepted from jobhunters outside of Louisiana because BRAC doesn’t want to “facilitate one company taking an employee from another company,” Odom said. “As the economic development organization of the region, that doesn’t help the region,” Odom said. “That doesn’t mean they can’t do it

individually, but we won’t help facilitate that.” BRAC will act as a liaison between possible employees and hiring employers, since only BRAC has access to the résumés in the database, Odom said. After exhausting the local employment pool, a Baton Rouge company looking to fill a specific position can contact BRAC to see if it has a relevant applicant. BRAC will then search the database, and if it finds a qualified worker, it will send the person’s information to the company. Résumés will only be sent to employers with the applicant’s permission, Odom said.

He said the talent development program recognizes the need to attract new talent to Baton Rouge and to keep the professionals who are already in the area. BRAC implemented the program after seeing a high demand for the service, Odom said. Odom said BRAC receives at least one or two requests each week from people trying to move back to Baton Rouge to work. The talent database will serve as the formal offering of that service, he said. Formalizing the résumé collection and matching process is a way for BRAC to ensure confidentiality and reliability of third-party résumés, Odom said.

Odom said the talent development program is made up of two aspects — attraction and retention. The first half of the year will be focused on attracting new workers through resources like the talent database, while the second half of the year will focus on keeping local higher education graduates in Baton Rouge. “The feedback we’ve gotten since the launch [last] Tuesday has been overwhelming,” Odom said. All résumés, with the exception of those from local employees, are currently being accepted. Contact Emily Herrington at


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Making Waves


Katz named player of the week Luke Johnson Sports Writer

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[Left] LSU sophomore pitcher Ryan Eades pitches Saturday during the Tigers’ 16-3 victory over Dartmouth. [Right] LSU freshman outfielder Chris Sciambra swings for a base hit.

No. 13 LSU ready for hostile Tulane Hunter Paniagua Sports Writer

The No. 13 LSU baseball team (10-2) always draws a crowd when it faces Tulane (10-2) in New Orleans, and that probably won’t change when the two teams meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. Of the 10 largest crowds in Turchin Stadium history, five have

“The people share their feelings come for games against the Tigers. about what they think The highest attendance, Next up for of us in a rather direct 5,131, came last season way,” said LSU coach when Tulane and LSU the Tigers: Paul Mainieri. “It’s all squared off on April 5. Who: LSU (10-2) vs. done in good fun, but Though that some of the things they number pales in com- Tulane (10-2) parison to Alex Box When: Tonight, 6:30 p.m. say can be rather piercing if you let it.” Stadium’s largest Where: New Orleans The rivalry dates crowd — 12,313 fans for a 2010 Alabama Watch or listen at home: back to 1893, when game — it doesn’t Watch on CST or listen to LSU played its first intercollegiate game prevent Turchin Sta- 98.1 FM in connection with dium from being one of the more contentious venues on the a military field day. Team captain E.B. Young led LSU to a 10-8 Tigers’ schedule.

victory, beginning a history between the schools that has seen 301 games. LSU leads the series, 173-1253, and won both games in 2011. “I didn’t know it was that big of a rivalry until this year,” said freshman pitcher Aaron Nola. “Tulane’s playing good baseball, and we’re all looking forward to it.” Nola will make his second career start today. The Baton Rouge native threw five innings against McNeese State in Lake Charles on Feb. 29, striking out six and allowing TULANE, see page 7

LSU first baseman Mason Katz was named both the Southeastern Conference and Collegiate Baseball player of the week after a stellar performance in which he reached base safely in 17 consecutive plate appearances. Katz was almost imposKATZ sible to get out in LSU’s five games against Grambling, McNeese State and Dartmouth last week — all wins — posting a .684 batting average with three home runs and eight RBIs. After Saturday’s game, when his streak ended with a strikeout in the first inning, Katz went to dinner with former LSU star Mikie Mahtook and laughed when Mahtook told him he never accomplished the feat. The Harahan native also scored 12 runs last week, which is what he said he considered most important. “It’s awesome. It’s a cool honor, but it’s not just me,” Katz said. “I’ve got [junior outfielder Raph Rhymes] behind me, and with the way he was hitting, I got good pitches to hit all weekend. That’s why we won.” Katz is hitting an even .500 for the season, which leads both LSU and the SEC. Contact Luke Johnson at


Training intensity increases for third spring practice

Position coaches stick to basics Chris Abshire Sports Writer

The honeymoon is over for the LSU football team. After a light opening weekend, the intensity ramped up considerably Monday evening for the Tigers’ third spring practice. LSU coach Les Miles conducted the infamous “Big Cat” drill, pitting players against each other for head-to-head football combat as teammates raucously cheered the takedowns and punishing hits. “Today was the first time we’ve really gone at it [this spring], and that starts with ‘Big

Cat,’” said senior receiver Russell Shepard. “Coach puts a lot of emphasis on it, and it was cool to get out and bang around a little.” The drill was an icebreaker before the team broke up into individual units for a partial-contact practice. WIDE RECEIVERS AND SECONDARY ADJUSTING TO NEW COACHES With the team in pads for the first time this spring, LSU’s two offseason coaching additions stuck to basics. New defensive backs coach Corey Raymond largely focused on footwork with the secondary unit. “I don’t think we stopped moving out there. It was hightempo,” said junior safety Eric Reid. “Our scheme hasn’t

changed. The words and vocabulary are the only slight differences.” Junior cornerback Tyrann Mathieu finally took the practice field, seeing his first official action with Raymond in charge. “He’s definitely hard on us,” said Mathieu, who missed the weekend practices while formally accepting the Bednarik Award in Atlantic City, N.J. “We’re absorbing his techniques — what he expects fundamentally — and trying to implement them into our games.” Offensively, the Tigers’ receiving corps ran through several generic pass routes under the guidance of recently hired wide receivers coach Adam Henry, who spent five years with the SPRING PRACTICE, see page 7

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LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger drops back to pass at football practice on Monday.

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Danny Bryan goes from being the player to the coach Ian Fontenot

Sports Contributor

Tennis runs through LSU assistant tennis coach Danny Bryan’s veins. With one look at the New Orleans native’s family history, it wouldn’t have been hard to tell from an early age what the future might hold. Bryan’s father and three uncles played collegiate tennis and his grandfather played on the professional circuit. His mother is also a tennis coach and his sister played the sport for Ohio State. After graduating from Brother Martin High School, Bryan made a smooth transition to the college game when he found a spot in the starting lineup at LSU as a freshman in 2003. LSU coach Jeff Brown attributed Bryan’s early success to his maturity level that came from learning the game from his father and grandfather. “When [Bryan] was a player on the team, he exhibited a lot of the qualities that you would want your

son to have,” Brown said. Bryan proved to be a valuable asset to the Tigers both on and off the court during his college career. During his junior and senior year, Bryan served as a co-captain while ranking No. 14 in LSU history in career singles wins with 84. Before finishing his playing career, Bryan left the courts on a high note, ranking No. 40 in singles and earning a nod to the first-team AllSoutheastern Conference squad. Bryan and partner Colt Gaston had a solid doubles season, and the pair finished No. 6 and earned All-American honors. “I feel like I had such a good experience with all the opportunities that LSU made available to me,” Bryan said. “I think I was put in a position to be an example to other people.” Bryan was recognized after his senior year for his dedication to the program when he received the 2007 ITA National Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. The University also recognized him for his involvement outside of tennis, naming him the 2007 LSU Male

Volunteer of the Year. With one semester remaining before graduation, the former Tiger star gave the professional route a chance before returning to LSU in 2008 to earn his degree in general studies. Upon his return to Baton Rouge, Bryan took on the role of volunteer assistant coach with the LSU tennis team. “I decided I was going to go back to finish school and [volunteer coach] and then after that, decide if I was going to play again,” Bryan said. “I thought volunteering was a good idea because it was going to give me five months to decide.” A window of opportunity opened as Bryan was volunteering when long-time LSU assistant Mark Booras took the head coaching job at Tulane. In 2009, Bryan officially joined the staff as an assistant coach. So far, Bryan says his favorite part of the job is seeing the progression of the players through the years and the passion they have for LSU. “We bring in a lot of kids that are not LSU fans to start and we have a lot of guys that are from different countries that never heard of LSU

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Men’s tennis assistant coach Danny Bryan (left) advises freshman tennis player Chris Simpson (right) Sunday during the match against Vanderbilt.

before they came here,” Bryan said. “I think it’s cool when they buy into the whole culture of Louisiana.” Only time will tell what the future holds for the Tigers’ assistant. “I really wanted to do college coaching, because I felt like that’s such a big time you could impact people’s lives, from that 18-22 age range, so that’s what really inspired

me to get into coaching,” Bryan said. “I think I want to stay in [coaching], but I don’t know so I’m just taking it day by day with what is ultimately going to happen.”

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From a competitive standpoint, Spygate worse than Bountygate MIC’D UP Micah Bedard Sports Columnist I wasn’t surprised when I first heard former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and up to 27 Saints players were involved in a bounty fund from 2009-11 that rewarded defenders for making hits that inflicted injuries upon opponents. I’m not saying that the Saints are a dirty franchise, but it doesn’t blow my mind that players in the National Football League would participate in such activity. The first and most recent NFL scandal equivalent to the Saints’ Bountygate was back in 2008, when the league discovered the New England Patriots videotaped New York Jets’ defensive signals during a game. That season, the Patriots went undefeated in the regular season before losing to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. I’m not condoning what Williams and the rest of the New Orleans players involved did. But Spygate was worse for the league than the Saints’ scandal. To know exactly what defensive coverage or blitz scheme another defense is going to run is far more of a competitive advantage than trying to injure an opposing player. Patriots coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 for his involvement in the Spygate scandal — the maximum amount allowed by the league and highest penalty ever handed down to an NFL coach. New Orleans should have a first round 2013 NFL Draft choice taken away and Williams should be suspended for the first 8

games of the 2012 season when he takes over as the St. Louis Rams’ defensive coordinator. But with the NFL’s recent push to protect players at all costs, it wouldn’t be a shock to see NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hand the Saints an even harsher penalty than what the Patriots received. Goodell has made a name for himself in the last couple of years for softening the game and dishing out stiff fines that even some victims of the illegal hits deem unnecessary. NFL players sign up to take crushing blows and put their bodies on the line. They aren’t signing up to play flag football. The NFL is football at its highest level. Professional football players are athletes in the prime of their careers. And in such a fast-paced game, is it really plausible to think that players don’t already have enough incentive when their job is to lay out opponents? Take, for example, former Saints defensive end Bobby McCray’s block on former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner in the 2009 NFL Playoffs that essentially ended his career. When I watch that play again, I find it hard to believe that McCray made the play with the thought in his mind

that lighting Warner up would put an extra $1,000 in his pocket. The average NFL salary is $1.9 million. What difference is a fraction of the salary going to have on a player’s desire to injure an opponent? I don’t the think Saints’ 2009 Super Bowl victory should be asterisked in any way, shape or form because of the findings on the bounty fund. The Patriots, on the other hand, haven’t won a Super Bowl since

2004. With videotaping other teams’ defensive signals commencing upon Belichick’s arrival in 2000, the three championships won by the Patriots in 2001, 2003 and 2004 were won in part due to the competitive advantage of knowing the opposing defenses’ play calls. Saints coach Sean Payton should have put an end to the bounty fund when he caught wind of it in 2010. No question. But when it comes to looking

at the situation from a competitive standpoint, Spygate had a greater impact on the NFL than Bountygate ever will. Micah Bedard is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Houma. Follow him on Twitter @DardDog.

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Nola, Goody could snag closer role for Tigers in SEC play Hunter Paniagua Sports Writer

Every kid fantasizes about standing on the pitcher’s mound in the ninth inning with the game on the line. They imagine the bases loaded with two outs, a full count and a home run hitter at the plate. In those situations, the kid always gets the batter, ends the hypothetical threat and carries the team to victory. In reality, only certain people can handle those situations. Most can’t, and LSU coach Paul Mainieri is still searching for the guy who can. “[The final three outs] are the most difficult outs to get,” Mainieri said. “The thing that’s great about baseball is that the clock never runs out anybody. You have to earn all 27 outs. You have to have a pitcher out there that has a lot of composure, a lot of poise, a lot of confidence.” Though LSU hasn’t entered the ninth inning in a save situation this season, Mainieri has primarily used three different pitchers to close out games — sophomore Nick Rumbelow, junior Nick Goody and freshman Aaron Nola. Before the season, Mainieri focused on those three pitchers as the guys who would compete to be the team’s closer once Southeastern Conference play begins. Of the three, Mainieri singled

TULANE, from page 5

Feb. 29, striking out six and allowing three runs while earning the victory. The freshman said he feels more comfortable heading into start No. 2, and Mainieri said these early tests on the road should prepare Nola for the remainder of the season. “This is just another step in his development,” Mainieri said. “I wanted to get him in two hostile environments. I thought that would harden him up for the [Southeastern Conference].” When Nola faces Tulane, he’ll see a team that already has a taste for the SEC. The Green Wave won two out of three games against Alabama this past weekend, outscoring the Tide, 18-15, in the series.

SPRING PRACTICE, from page 5

NFL’s Oakland Raiders. “It’s mostly basics right now, whether it’s route-running or catching,” Shepard said. “[Henry] told us to trust our ability. He said we’re one of the most athletic groups he’s coached. That’s a challenge to play at a pro level.” TWO TIGER CHAMPIONS TAKE IN PRACTICE While LSU may have fallen short of a national championship two months ago, two prominent members of LSU’s last title squad took in practice on Monday. Matt Flynn, the starting quarterback on the Tigers’

out Rumbelow as the one most likely to take that duty. But things haven’t gone according to plan for the Bullard, Texas, native. Rumbelow has a 9.82 ERA through 7.1 innings of work. He’s faced 34 batters, surrendering two home runs and six walks. The low point for Rumbelow came when he allowed five earned runs against McNeese State on Feb. 29, a day after throwing a shutout inning against Grambling State. His last appearance was on March 3, when he surrendered a run in the seventh inning against Dartmouth. “He told us after the game that his arm was a little bit sore,” Mainieri said. “We were trying desperately to get him going. We’ll give him a few days off, and hopefully his arm will feel better, and we’ll get him back out there soon.” When Rumbelow does come back, Mainieri said his return likely won’t be to close out a game. “At this point, I wouldn’t say so,” Mainieri said. “But it’s a long season and things will change. It’s hard for me to say exactly how we’re going to do it.” Rumbelow’s absence will likely open the door for Goody and Nola. Goody hasn’t allowed a run in six innings of work this season. The transfer from State College of Florida in Sarasota has struck out seven batters compared to zero “They’re a good team,” said junior first baseman Mason Katz. “They played real well against Alabama. It’s going to be a good test for us.” For Katz, the biggest test will come in matching his production from the past week. Katz hit 13-for19 in the last five games, with three home runs and eight RBIs. Katz has increased his season batting average to .500 and leads the team with a .950 slugging percentage. The Tulane lineup has its own strengths from the top to the bottom. The Green Wave has five players who have started all 12 games with batting averages of .333 or higher. Junior shortstop Brennan Middleton, a Parkview Baptist alumnus, leads the team with a .525 batting average. 2007 BCS Championship team, chatted up former receiving target Early Doucet as they watched junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger run timing drills with his receivers. Flynn, a four-year NFL veteran with the Green Bay Packers, is in town temporarily while he awaits a potentially lucrative offseason as a coveted free agent. Doucet caught 54 passes for 689 yards and five touchdowns in 2011 with the Arizona Cardinals.

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LSU junior pitcher Nick Goody winds up for a pitch Feb. 22 during the Tigers’ 11-4 victory over McNeese State.

walks. He threw a scoreless ninth inning in an 8-4 victory against Dartmouth. Nola, who has also served as a mid-week starter, has allowed just one earned run in five innings of relief work this season. Nola has thrown 14 strikeouts with just one walk. But Nola said there isn’t a competition between pitchers to

become the closer. “My relationship with the other guys is really good,” Nola said. “None of us are selfish. We push ourselves to get better.” Mainieri said having multiple pitchers to rely on is a luxury, and he’s in no hurry to name one player as the closer. “Hopefully you’ll have a chance to win each day over a

three-day series,” Mainieri said. “The same pitcher can’t pitch at the end of the game all three times. There’s nothing wrong with having more than one guy you can count on. I’d love to have that situation.”

“I just have to do what I’ve been doing,” Nola said of facing the Tulane offense. “I have to throw strikes, pound the zone, keep my confidence and don’t let up the focus.” LSU will face Tulane starting pitcher Alex Byo, a fellow Parkview Baptist alumnus, who is 1-1 through

two starts. Byo threw seven innings in his last outing against Southeastern Louisiana, allowing just one run on five hits. “It’s a challenge that we’re embracing, that we’re looking forward to, that we want,” Mainieri said. “Hopefully we’ll play well and

hopefully we’ll find a way to win. Either way it’s going to be a good experience in terms of building this team and getting it prepared for the SEC.”


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Students use LSU ID to embrace money-saving opportunities David Jones

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discounts, deals & steals

Experiencing a Saturday night in Death Valley isn’t the only perk of being a University student. Students can claim a wide array of discounts — on everything from body piercings to a night at the movies — by presenting their LSU IDs at local businesses. Pre-nursing sophomore Jenny Ampat said she frequents local thrift store Here Today Gone Tomorrow on Burbank Drive on Wednesdays, when the store offers a 50-percent discount to any student with a college ID. Ampat said thrift stores are the perfect place to find quality threads at affordable prices, but the extra student discount serves as an added bonus. “You can find a nice polo — free of stains or holes — for $5,” Ampat said. “But if you go on [Wednesday], the polo will only be $2.50.” Vintage boutiques Noelie Harmon on Hollydale Avenue and Time Warp on Government Street also offer weekly deals. Each Tuesday, LSU students get a 15-percent discount on the eclectic items DISCOUNTS, see page 23

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[Top] Cinemark takes $1 off students’ movie tickets. [Far left] J. Crew offers a small discount on students’ entire purchases. [Middle left] Students get 15 percent off every Tuesday at Noelie Harmon. [Middle right] Hungry Howie’s Pizza offers discounted medium pizzas. [Far right] Here Today Gone Tomorrow gives students a 50-percent discount on Wednesdays.

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Kardashian donation motivated by greed Kim Kardashian announced Monday she is donating money from her “dream wedding” to an organization that grants dreams of a different nature than her attention-seeking pursuits. Guests of K a r d a s h i a n ’s televised wedding to New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries JOSH NAQUIN received thank- Entertainment Writer you notes explaining that the couple, who filed for divorce after just 72 days, will not be returning their generous wedding gifts. Kardashian has estimated her gifts’ worth at $100,000 — a bit more sizeable than the typical blender and crock pot. The reality star’s vague note goes on to inform guests that, while she’s keeping their presents, she has donated the presents’ value and more to the Dream Foundation. “It has taken me some time to pull everything together,” Kardashian wrote. “But I wanted to let you know that the money for every gift received by me at my wedding has been donated to the Dream Foundation.” According to TMZ, KARDASHIAN, see page 19


Local designers featured in N.O. Fashion Week Haylie Navarre

Entertainment Writer

Designers and fashionistas alike will flock to the runways this week, but not ones in Paris or New York. The third New Orleans Fashion Week began Saturday, March 3, in the Crescent City. Sarah Elizabeth Dewey and Jolie Bensen, University alumnae and creators of fashion house Joile & Elizabeth, have participated in NOLA Fashion Week since its inception in March 2011. This time, however, they will be participating in an event called “Mashup: Where Music Meets Fashion.” The event will feature three designers, whose garments

will be shown alongside performances by three musicians. Dewey said today’s show is going to be more of a presentation than a traditional runway show. She described it as “music and fashion fusion.” “We’re looking forward to having our collection be shown in front of live music and in a theatre in front of a live audience,” Dewey said. Dewey said designers in fashion capitals like New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Milan have shows that deviate from the ordinary runway, much like Wednesday’s Mashup. Dewey said she and Bensen love traditional runway shows, but they like to get involved with the community and are open to new

ideas in the future. Bensen said since starting the company two years ago, local female musicians have played a big part in providing inspiration. “Being in New Orleans, music is such a big part of life,” she said. Bensen said the company dresses local musicians for Jazz Fest and touring, which has led to the natural progression of spicing up a traditional runway show and merging two things she loves — music and fashion. Local band Royal Teeth will perform the music that will accompany the Jolie & Elizabeth collection. Vocalist and guitarist Gary Larsen said this is the group’s FASHION WEEK, see page 23


• Who: University alumnae Jolie Bensen and Sarah Elizabeth Dewey are two young fashion designers from New Orleans. • Their next event: “Mashup: Music Meets Fashion.” Jolie & Elizabeth will be showing their fall/winter 2012 collection, which is inspired by lace. • Where: Joy Theater in New Orleans • When: Today, 7:30 p.m. • Or visit their website at

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England in 1819 releases first professionally recorded album Joey Groner Entertainment Writer

Since forming as a three-piece band in late 2007, a lot has changed for England in 1819. The band, which originally consisted of Andrew Callaway, his brother Dan Callaway and their father Liam Callaway, recorded its first album in a living room. That LP, “Three Cheers for Bertie,” was released in early 2010 and received a warm local response. Two years later, after adding two percussionists and an extra vocalist, the band has released its first professionally recorded album, “Alma.” The group will celebrate the release of the album at a show March 16 at the Spanish Moon. The pace of recording the band’s first album was relaxed, as it was recorded in their house. But when they stepped into a studio, things got much more frantic for lead vocalist Andrew Callaway and the rest of England in 1819. “We did the first album over the course of about two or three months. We’d just stop by and record something when we had time,” Andrew Callaway said. “But with this, we

only had three days in the studio, so the stress was way higher.” Callaway said in the end, the stress was worth it, and he’s proud of the end result. “There’s something nice about the old album, the fact that it was recorded so poorly kind of adds something to it,” Callaway said. “But we knew we wanted to have something that, from an audio point of view, would sound a little more normal and easier to get on the radio, and I think we’ve done that.” Callaway, who took charge of recording the band’s first album, found himself stepping back from controlling the work on “Alma.” “I had a lot less control, which was frustrating at times,” Callaway said. “I had to step back in a big way, but luckily we had a guy who shared our vision that we could put our trust in.” A major moment for the band came last summer, when the music video for their song “Trophy Sixty-One” reached the front page of “A guy from New Orleans came to me and said he wanted to make us a music video, which I was cool with as long as he did it for free,”

photo courtesy of Andrew Callaway

England in 1819 released their new album, “Alma,” last week and will hold a CD release party at The Spanish Moon on March 16.

Callaway said. “He made that video for us and I uploaded it to Reddit, then in one weekend it got about 100,000 views.” The video gained steam just as the band was headed into the studio. Callaway said the Internet’s reaction to the video made a significant contribution to the shape of the album. “Right before the whole Reddit thing happened, the whole band was like, ‘We have to make our music

different because it’s just too weird and nobody likes it,’” Callaway said. “But after all these people on Reddit thought the music from our first album was great, I knew we couldn’t change it because people actually did like it.” Callaway said after playing through cities like Austin, Texas, and Athens, Ga., the band plans to tour extensively during the summer in support of “Alma.”

“Hopefully the album is good enough so that people are writing about it, so when we get to these places people are already interested and want to come out and see us,” Callaway said. “We just want to start being able to tour a lot. I think that’s the goal.” Contact Joey Groner at


J.K. Rowling creates buzz with announcement of novel Author to expand ‘Pottermore’ site Raylea Barrow Entertainment Writer

J.K. Rowling doesn’t have to cast a spell to hook prospective readers to her new book. Announced Feb. 23, Rowling will write an adult novel through Little, Brown & Company publishing. The details of the book, including the plot, title and release date are unknown. The announcement sent the Internet into a frenzy and generated tons of publicity for Rowling — not that she needs it. Having sold more than 400 million copies of the “Harry Potter” novel series worldwide, Rowling already has Rowling an established audience for any work she releases. Alvin C. Burns, marketing department chair and undergraduate advisor, said Rowling doesn’t need a marketing strategy to drum up buzz. “She’s so well known,” Burns said. “I’m sure nine out of 10 people could tell you who she is. It’s easy for people to get excited about [her new book].” Burns said Rowling has a lot of press and a large following, so the segment of the population that reads her books would be more knowledgeable and eager for her new book. “She should just write it and

have a gala event,” Burns said. June Pulliam, an English professor who teaches a class called “The Fictional World of Harry Potter Readings and Viewings,” isn’t sure what to expect from Rowling’s next endeavor. “She’s a gifted writer and is extremely knowledgeable about mythology, so it will be interesting to see if those same types of themes will be found in her next book,” Pulliam said in an e-mail. “I don’t even know if the next proposed book will be fantasy or realistic fiction.” Marcie Terry, kinesiology freshman, and Katie Zimmerman, psychology freshman, both said the buzz created from Rowling’s announcement is good to gain readership. “I’m so obsessed with ‘Harry Potter,’” Terry said. “I think [Rowling’s new book] is cool. She has the right to write another book.” Zimmerman said she gave up on the Potter series after reading the first two novels. “They were too long, but I will probably read her new book if it’s good,” Zimmerman said. “It’s a really good marketing strategy. She should not have to be defined by ‘Harry Potter.’” Psychology sophomore Taurinesha White also plans on reading the new book once it’s released. “It could be successful. ... You never know because of how great a writer she was,” White said. “Her audience was mostly kids, and she has a huge fan base.” Along with her book announcement, Rowling said she will also expand her online “Pottermore” site. “Pottermore” has partnered

with OverDrive, a digital eBook and audio book distributor, to make the series available for public and school libraries. The eBooks will be offered in more than 20 languages and will be

supported by many devices such as the Barnes & Noble Nook and Android phones. West Baton Rouge Parish Library currently participates in the OverDrive network and will offer

electronic versions of the “Potter” novels. Contact Raylea Barrow at

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SciArt Conservation exhibit links natural world to art Chris Austin will speak at event

Paul Braun Contributing Writer

Chris Austin, the University biologist who discovered the world’s smallest vertebrate in January, will headline the Department of Theatre’s “Creatures: Great and Small” event tonight. The presentation is this semester’s SciArt Conversation, held at 7 p.m. in room 125 of the Music and Dramatic Arts Building. Christine Mitchell, who organized the 25th Annual International Exhibition on Animals in Art, will join Austin at the presentation to discuss the highlights of the exhibit. Raina Wirta, a sculptural artist, will conclude the evening’s proceedings with a discussion

about how the natural world inLiCata said that the format spires her work. for the event is more relaxed Kristen Sosnowsky, chair- than either a scientific lecture or woman of the Thea formal play. atre Department, “We would like it said the Universi- SciArt Conservation to be a workshop, but ty’s ongoing SciArt not exactly,” LiCata presentation: Conversation series said. “It is something What: Department of was born out of a that you will listen to science and the arts Theatre’s “Creatures: Great for a few minutes and conference she and and Small” then ask a question.” co-founder Vince Who: LSU biologist Chris In past SciArt LiCata attended at Conversations, the the City Univer- Austin, Christine Mitchell components of the sity of New York in and sculptural artist Raina presentation were 2010. linked only in name, Wirta will present Sosnowsky said Sosnowsky said. Last the format of the When: 7 p.m. today fall’s “Silk” converdiscussion, topics Where: Room 125, Music sation featured acdiscussed and even and Dramatic Arts Building robats who choreothe name of the graphically climbed event are intended and entwined themto encourage interdisciplinary selves in silk and a lecture from a dialog. University expert on spider silk. “Some places call their At this conversation, attendSciArts ‘cafes.’ We call ours a ees will not have to stretch far conversation series because we to see how the scientific topics want to get people talking,” Sos- of conversation connect to art. nowsky said. Wirta will create art inspired by

KARDASHIAN, from page 17 Kardashian has donated $200,000 – double the gifts’ worth – to the Dream Foundation. The charity grants wishes to adults with terminal illnesses, similar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Has Kardashian turned a philanthropic page in the highly publicized book that is her life of reality stardom? I think not. Perceptive pop culture consumers and those with keen memories may be able to discern the two major reasons Kardashian made a charitable donation. Acting as though she were a well-trained doctor or a healing medicine woman, Kardashian has made a proactive move to protect the health of her two most dear attributes: her image and her bank account. Kardashian’s antics are clearly fashioned to shield her oncefavorable image from the hail storm that was her ill-conceived wedding to Humphries. TMZ reported last July that Kardashian made $15 million in a deal with E! for a four-hour special televising her wedding and more than $2 million from selling wedding pictures to People magazine. The wedding reportedly carried a $10 million price tag, but rumors have run rampant claiming the reality star spent much less on her nuptials as vendors, eager for free air time on the televised event, offered their services for discounted prices or no cost at all. Everything went off without a hitch, and Kardashian’s windfall was accompanied by the good wishes that espouse a wedding — until the groom wizened up. The couple filed for divorce just 72 days into their marriage and, if the short term of the nuptials was not enough to raise the public’s eyebrows, Humphries’ citation of fraud under reasons for the split was.

DAN STEINBERG / The Associated Press

Kim Kardashian arrives at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards party on Feb. 26. She recently gave $200,000 to the Dream Foundation.

After Kardashian’s wedding was exposed for the thinly veiled money-grubbing stunt it was, the reality star concocted another stunt to curry good favor with the public — her charitable donation. The donation may sway public opinion back in Kardashian’s favor, but it was likely also made with her own finances in mind. Spring is upon us, and with the warmer weather and blooming foliage comes another

annual sign of the season’s changing – taxes. In about five weeks, all Americans’ taxes are due, and guess who made a sizeable donation to charity just in time to write it off as a tax deduction? Hint: It’s not the guests who attended Kardashian’s wedding.

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the discussions at the event, Sosnowsky said. Sosnowsky said LiCata is an example of the convergence of science and the arts within the University faculty. LiCata, a biological sciences professor, has been a longtime supporter of the Theatre Department. He co-wrote the 2007 Swine Palace production “Cocktail” and said that since coming to the University he has collaborated on several theatrical productions with a science focus. “LSU has turned out to be a little hotbed for people who want

to see science in the arts and vice-versa,” LiCata said. Sosnowsky said she and the other organizers have not chosen a theme for the next presentation. Topics they have contemplated range from a study of the multidisciplined work of Leonardo Da Vinci or the analysis of science’s role in film, she said.

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The Daily Reveille’s dream push card Initiatives we would most like to see tackled during the upcoming Student Government election season:

Student life

• Create more transparency in the selection of artists for Groovin’ on the Grounds, perhaps allowing students to select the acts that will perform by voting on the finalists. • Reroute the Tiger Trails buses to include a stop at East Campus Apartments. • Ensure that all vending machines accept TigerCASH. • Revoke the classification of hookah pipes as drug paraphernalia and allow them in residence halls. • Add more newsstands that offer copies of USA Today and The New York Times.

Academics • Eliminate attendance or participation from factoring into class grades, leaving only exams, projects and specific graded assignments. • Extend library hours. • Provide students with an allotted number of free printed pages every semester on campus printers.


• Install blue-light phones throughout campus for increased safety measures. • Increase the number of LSU Police Department officers patrolling campus at night.

Budget cuts

• Take the Board of Supervisors position to advocate against budget cuts to LSU’s main campus.

Athletics • Eliminate the towing of legally parked cars on Fridays before home football games. • Reduce the amount of student parking that gets blocked off to students during sporting events, particularly basketball games. • Increase priority points for smaller sporting events.

Santorum’s economic agenda: Is this the best he can do? SHARE THE WEALTH

JAY MEYERS Columnist America’s recovery from the recession has been so lacking in vitality that it doesn’t seem like much of a recovery at all, particularly with respect to jobs. So, in a rational political world, President Barack Obama would face a contestant offering serious criticisms of his economic policies — specifically his job-creation policies — and propose legitimate alternatives. Unfortunately, that world no longer exists because of radical personalities like Rick Santorum. The GOP has become contaminated by a radical faction that is more an ideological protest rather than a pragmatic, governing alternative. Republican politicians in Congress now treat politics like a game where they use voters’ emotions to promote their reckless and irresponsible fanaticism. Their inflexibility and unwillingness to accept compromise has inhibited our nation from performing to its full potential and put us in positions of grave

economic uncertainty. Members of this movement have dramatically transformed the political landscape in Washington. And, as a result of this political transformation, Obama will not be facing the ideal candidate: a Republican who offers constructive conservative proposals on key issues and who is prepared for strategic compromises for the collective interest of our nation. Instead, Obama will almost surely face either former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum. For once, let’s give poor Mitt a break from the perpetual scrutiny and focus on Santorum. Last week, Santorum released his first economic plan — what he calls his “Economic Freedom Agenda.” In this plan, he pledges to “submit to Congress and work to pass a comprehensive pro-growth and profamily Economic Freedom Agenda” within his first 100 days in office. I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t pay much attention to Santorum until he swept the Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota primaries earlier in February, so I was more then receptive to hear economic

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rhetoric contrary to that of the Romney campaign. After reading his plan, however, I was a bit disappointed. Although Santorum’s agenda did offer a few decent proposals that would help our economy in the short run, there was nothing within it that would make our country thrive in the 21st century. Santorum proposed that he would cut government spending by $5 trillion over the next five years, trimming programs such as Medicare, Social Security and entitlements. He plans to submit to Congress a simplified income tax plan as well. Santorum would mandate that there be only two tax rates: 10 percent and 28 percent. Another way Santorum is trying to grow the economy in the short run is by halving the corporate tax rate to 17.5 percent, which will allow firms to expand their business and hire new workers. Robert Newman, chair of the University’s Department of Economics, concurred that reductions in spending from discretionary programs as well as taxes would be conducive in promoting

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Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at a rally Saturday at the Crowne Plaza in Blue Ash, Ohio.

economic growth. This economic growth is good for the short run, but it isn’t sustainable. Tax levels are not everything. Santorum, along with most members of the Republican Party, have taken this piece of economic theory and turned it into their sacred religion. When I realized Santorum’s agenda was almost entirely predicated upon the manipulation of taxes, I came to the conclusion that he is essentially

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just a reactionary candidate with no real vision for America’s future. In order for America to remain a major economic player for the remainder of the 21st century, lowering taxes isn’t going to cut it. Jay Meyers is a 19-year-old economics freshman from Shreveport. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_jmeyers. Contact Jay Meyers at

Quote of the Day “Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe.”

Dianne Feinstein United States senator June 22, 1933 — present

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HEAD to HEAD Considering the most recent school shooting in Ohio, should concealed firearms be permitted on college campuses?

Yes. Responsible students will make LSU safer. NEVER EMPTY THOUGHTS MARIE-THERESE YOKUM Columnist “Just say no” just doesn’t work anymore. Creating a law doesn’t automatically ensure everyone will follow it. With school shootings remaining an all-too-common disaster, the opportunity to protect yourself and others on campus should be granted. There have been more than 15 college shootings in the United States since the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007. Every shooting has involved at least two student deaths, and the locations were either in public campus areas or dormitories. Of the 4,300 colleges and universities in America, only 25 have policies allowing concealed handguns to be carried on campus. Students are permitted to carry a concealed handgun on certain campuses in Virginia, Michigan, Utah and Colorado. Although effective when it comes to awareness, a mass text message will not disable an armed shooter on campus. Police can only be available in so many areas at once, and enforcing lockdowns only ensures nobody can enter. It does not remove the gun from the shooter’s hand. With school shootings still occurring, I am never going to feel safe. I would feel better knowing a few students in my classroom have concealed handguns on them after hearing gunshots in the building or reading a text message about a shooter on campus. Just because a campus creates a policy allowing students to carry a concealed gun on campus does not mean everyone will go out and apply for a permit. To an extent, almost everyone attending college or university is legally allowed to purchase a handgun, but it doesn’t mean everyone will. With that in mind, just because your school declares the campus to be gun free

doesn’t mean nobody is carrying one. Perhaps by discussing the most common arguments against having guns on campus, it can be seen where I’m coming from. These include, but aren’t limited to, the detraction from a healthy learning environment, increased risk and shooters not being deterred by concealed permit holders. Firstly, the healthy learning environment was compromised when school shootings began — and last I checked, they’re still taking place. Just because a student has a gun doesn’t mean he or she is going to whip it out every time someone steals the nearest parking spot or in the event of an academic disagreement. I acknowledge more risk is being applied when a greater amount of students on campus are allowed to carry guns, but guns do not always equal harm. They are also used for protection and safety. While LSU Police Department’s patrol division is of average college size and has reported some of the lowest violation numbers in the country, police cannot be everywhere on campus all the time. I also agree shooters will not be deterred by concealed permit holders because the police don’t even instill fear in them. But shooters may be less likely to cause another disaster if they know allowing guns on campus will ensure they will be outnumbered. We cannot continue to believe we exist in a world where everybody gets along and nothing bad ever happens. Whether guns are allowed on campus or not, shootings will continue. If we cannot take the gun out of the shooter’s hand, the least we can do is be equally prepared. Marie-Therese Yokum is a 19-year-old sophomore majoring in public relations and finance. Follow her on Twitter @mtyokum_TDR.

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No. Allowing weapons on campus is a crazy idea. SCUM OF THE GIRTH PARKER CRAMER Columnist

Wham, bam, oh dang I shot you, ma’am. Allowing guns on campus is like letting Snooki reproduce: just plain stupid. I have no problem with guns. I’m from Texas — I was born with a holster. I support the Second Amendment, and there is nothing I enjoy more than an afternoon of shooting. There’s a time and a place for guns. During class at a university is not one of them. Proponents of guns on campus will argue that it creates a safer environment in the classroom and deters crime. They are wrong. Do I believe that I could safely carry a concealed weapon on campus? Yes, because I’ve known how to responsibly handle a gun since I was a child. But that doesn’t mean that I trust everyone else to carry guns. Let’s be honest, the majority of Americans are idiots. I can safely say that I know more dumb people than smart people. I wouldn’t even trust my most intelligent of friends to carry a gun on campus, much less an idiot. Accidents happen. People bump into one another. Guns can go off. This is a situation we should all avoid, especially at school. As far as guns being a deterrent for crime, they are. LSU Police Department officers have a large presence on campus, and they just so happen to carry guns. LSUPD deters crime, not students. I don’t trust some wild-eyed vigilante to keep me safe. According to a 2005 report by the New York Times, more than half of Americans will develop a mental illness at some point during their lives. According to Dr. Thomas Insel of the National Institute of Mental Health, the primary sponsor of the study, “mental disorders are

highly prevalent and chronic.” The survey studied nearly 10,000 American adults of all demographics. The researchers found about 17 percent of people suffer from depression, 13 percent from alcohol abuse and 12 percent from extreme anxiety disorders. If this study is accurate, half of us could be classified as mentally ill during some point in our lives. My fear is that there are individuals in the LSU student body with undiagnosed or untreated mental illness who may be enabled by an amendment allowing guns on campus. Is this a radical statement? I don’t believe so. With a student enrollment of more than 28,000, some of you have to be a little crazy. By no means are all sufferers of mental health disorders violent people, but those who commit school shootings typically are. The last thing I want to do is enable these people to carry guns on campus. Why make it a rule that somebody can bring a gun on campus even on their worst of days? According to Capt. Cory Lalonde, LSUPD spokesman, LSUPD has around 70 officers. Thirty of those officers are designated as patrol officers, with six to 10 officers on patrol at any one time. Do we really need more than 30 guns on campus? Are we going to get invaded? LSUPD can handle any situation on campus that requires a firearm. And if it can’t, the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office are always there for backup. There’s no sense in arming the rest of us. That would only lead to “my gun is bigger than your gun” contests, which never end well for anybody. Parker Cramer is a 21-year-old political science junior from Houston. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_pcramer.

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The Geauga County town 30 miles east of Cleveland mourns the death of three students and the wounding of two others in a shooting on Feb. 27 at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio.

MARK DUNCAN / The Associated Press

T.J. Lane, 17, is led from Juvenile Court by Sheriff’s deputies in Chardon, Ohio, on Feb. 28 after his arraignment in the shooting of five high school students Feb. 27.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 DISCOUNTS, from page 17 sold in each store. French sophomore Stephanie Cronan said she often takes advantage of the discounts offered at Time Warp because it’s one of her favorite boutiques. “A lot of times I’ll wait until a piece goes on sale and use my discount to get it at a cheaper price,” Cronan said. Cronan said she also uses her ID when going to the movies. The Cinemark movie theater at Perkins Rowe reduces ticket prices from $8.25 to $7.25 each day after 6 p.m. for any student with a college ID. Rave Motion Pictures at the Mall of Louisiana also gives a $1 discount, offering an $8 ticket to its studious patrons. Arrian Christian, business sophomore, said she was excited when a movie theater employee informed her of the student discount, even if it was only $1 less. “I’m such a money saver,” Christian said. “I’m happy to get a deal anywhere.” Effum Bodyworks, a tattoo parlor on Government Street, takes $5 off piercings ranging from $25 to $50 for students every day of the week, excluding Wednesdays, when all piercings are $10. Effum manager Joseph

FASHION WEEK, from page 17 second time performing for a fashion event. He said events that mix live music and art can draw in a whole new crowd. Larsen said the band tries to bring the same dynamic to every show they play, whether it’s a concert or a fashion show. He said the band is going to try to make the event fun, upbeat and as interactive as possible. Bensen said she was reluctant to participate in the original NOLA Fashion Week because they were really against the idea of a runway show at first. She said she and Dewey suggested a few additions for the week, such as workshops for community and pop-up shops where designers could sell their items. Adhering to the suggestions made, Bensen said the event molded into a great concept. “It gives a great source of inspiration to a lot of young, aspiring fashion designers,” Bensen said. Jolie & Elizabeth will be showing their fall/winter 2012 collection, which is inspired by lace. Bensen said they do pretty well at taking traditional fabrics and giving them a sophisticated, conservative twist. Bensen said unlike many designers at NOLA Fashion Week, Jolie & Elizabeth is an actual business. She said all of the company’s dresses are manufactured in New Orleans and sold at boutiques across the country, as well as online. Bensen said since she and Dewey are designers, they do not have their own retail shop. The pop-up shops at NOLA Fashion Week give shoppers a chance to try on a wide collection of designs at one location.

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Shelton said offering discounts on piercings has brought in more business for the parlor. “We’ve seen around a 30- to 40-percent increase in piercings [sales] since we started offering the discounts,” Shelton said. Smoothie King also offers sweet deals on “Tiger Tuesdays,” when students are given $1 off any medium smoothie. Cash-strapped students with a heartier appetite can enjoy a discounted medium pizza from Hungry Howie’s or 10 percent off their entire order at Voodoo BBQ & Grill, located on Nicholson Drive, every day of the week. Greg Hammonds, owner of VooDoo BBQ & Grill, said only a handful of students take advantage of the discount, but he views it as a great deal. Some nightlife venues also partake in student discounts. Local bars Reggie’s, Mike’s and Shady’s offer discounted cover charges for students with a University ID — sometimes even granting free admission. Whitney Campbell, sociology freshman, said she only visits Tigerland bars when she knows she will get a discounted admission price. She said she sometimes gets inside at half price, paying only $5 of the $10 cover charge.

The Daily Reveille “It’s better because I can pay for my friends who aren’t LSU Tigers,” Campbell said. Students searching for more family-friendly fun can attend Don Carter’s All Star Lanes on Airline Highway on “College Night.” Every Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., students can play a bowling game for 99 cents. Circle Bowl on Florida Boulevard also offers a $2.50 game to any student with a college ID. An LSU ID grants free admission to the LSU Museum of Art, as well as a 10-percent discount for certain productions at the Manship Theatre. Both are located in downtown Baton Rouge at the Shaw Center. Student discount privileges can also surpass the local level. Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Sony offer a 10-percent discount on all computers sold to college students. Both Ampat and Cronan agreed that although every discount may not be grand, using student discounts is an effective way to save money. “It’s so beneficial,” Ampat said. “[There’s] no point in not using them.” Contact David Jones at

Limbaugh said apology to student was sincere The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Radio host Rush Limbaugh said his apology to the Georgetown law student he called a “slut” was sincere but also joked that he, too, got a busy signal Monday when he called the show to join the growing roster of advertisers abandoning it. The student, Sandra Fluke, said Limbaugh’s apology did nothing to change the corrosive tone of the debate over health care coverage and that Americans have to decide whether they want to support companies that continue to advertise on his program. AOL on Monday became the eighth advertiser to leave Limbaugh’s three-hour show as he sought to stem the exodus of advertisers. “I should not have used the language I did, and it was wrong,” Limbaugh told listeners.

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